83-Year-Old City Council Candidate Charged with Prostitution

| by Michael Allen

Centerville, Iowa, city council candidate Ben Clifford Dawson was charged this week with prostitution and intent to commit sexual abuse. An investigation began on Oct. 22 because a woman told police that the 83-year-old Dawson volunteered to repay a loan with sexual services.

After she refused the offer, he allegedly began grabbing her and kissing her neck. Dawson was released from the Appanoose County Jail on $2,000 bond Tuesday. He faces two aggravated misdemeanor charges of prostitution and intent to commit sexual abuse, reports KTVO.

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Candidates for city council in Centerville are not required to reveal their party affiliation. So far Dawson has not claimed a political party and no party has claimed him.